Under the Moon (Goddesses Rising Series #1)

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Their power gives them strength...and makes them targets.

Quinn Caldwell is the epitome of a modern goddess. Her power source is the moon, her abilities restricted only by physical resources and lunar phase. She runs a consulting business and her father's bar, serves on the board of the ancient Society for Goddess Education and Defense, and yearns for Nick Jarrett, professional goddess protector and the soul mate she can never have.

But someone...

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Overview

Their power gives them strength...and makes them targets.

Quinn Caldwell is the epitome of a modern goddess. Her power source is the moon, her abilities restricted only by physical resources and lunar phase. She runs a consulting business and her father's bar, serves on the board of the ancient Society for Goddess Education and Defense, and yearns for Nick Jarrett, professional goddess protector and the soul mate she can never have.

But someone has developed the rare and difficult ability to drain a goddess of her powers, and Quinn is a target. With the world thinking Nick has gone rogue (whatever that means) and that Quinn is influenced by "family ties" she didn't know she had, keeping themselves safe while working to find the enemy proves harder each day.

But not as hard as denying their hearts...

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Editorial Reviews

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"Under the Moon was a good start to the Goddesses Rising series. It’s got action, romance, mystery, AND a pretty badass heroine. What’s not to like about that?" —Grave Tells

"Wow, Under the Moon is a great book. It grabs you at the beginning and doesn’t let go until the very last page. The action is non-stop, the plot is full of twists and the tension is palpable. I also liked the fact that, although there are quite a few characters in the book, they were given enough time and backstory for you to grasp who they were before the story carried on, meaning you genuinely cared about them and what would happen." —Lucy Felthouse

"...overall this book had everything I look for in a book, characters I can connect with, action and maybe just a bit of smexyiness. Though as most of you know I am a sucker for a good romance and while this book leaned more towards the action it still had the romance I crave sometimes. I can't wait for book 2 in this series..." —Book Lover's Hideaway

"Natalie did a brilliant job in establishing each character and the world they live in. The lore behind goddesses walking amongst us and gods being practically extinct was quite interesting. Enjoyed it immensely. I’m looking forward to reading more of this series soon. Truly recommend it." —Lissette E. Manning

"Intense emotional story with a great paranormal plotline that just kept giving." —Nicole, Romance Books Forum

"An enjoyable read with a deliciously alpha protector our to ensure his goddess stays safe." —Shannon, Cocktails and Books

"What a good book, hard to put down, if you put it down. An excellent combination of characters keeps things tense all the way through. The trio's banter is witty and quite comical at times, and the author keeps throwing curve balls to spice things up. I'm looking forward to the next episode!" —Wanda Plourde, Bookloons

"Under the Moon was an enjoyable read with a fast-moving plot full of suspense and sexual tension. The story reminded me a bit of Rachel Caine’s Weather Warden series, the way it was set up... A good amount of action will keep your turning the pages as well. Overall, Under the Moon was a good read that I’d recommend to anyone who enjoys urban fantasy with a touch steamy." —Reading Between the Wines Book Club

"There was a good mix of action and and downtime where the characters were racing to find out what happened to each individual goddess, and how each character fit into their own place within the plot. Also, things weren't just handed away like they are in so many other stories. You were given a chance to figure it out on your own with the characters. As the characters were lead one way, you were lead that way, believing it could be one person when a chapter later you were presented with another aspect that had you believing it was someone else. It was not predictable which is very refreshing!" —Scrawled in Blue

"The world building was full of great explanations and imaginative powers. I loved the whole Goddess storyline. I liked meeting the different goddesses and hearing about what they could do. The action was not lacking. There were plenty of scenes that had my heart beating and had me wondering how the trio would get out of a particular situation. The ending wraps everything up nicely and I'm looking forward to reading what comes next." —Stacy at Urban Fantasy Investigations

"The story builds to a sizzling climax (literally) and a very satisfying conclusion. I loved this book, give it 5 stars and recommend it for all lovers of urban fantasy and romance." —Tahlia Newland

"All in all, I found this to be a good read with lots of potential! I'm looking forward to reading more in this series in the future. This was my first read on my Kindle Fire and it was a great experience (although I do think I will always prefer an actual book). Recommended to fans of paranormal romance!" —Booked on a Feeling

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781937044558
  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/1/2011
  • Series: Goddesses Rising Series , #1
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 1,478,112
  • Product dimensions: 0.67 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Natalie J. Damschroder came to writing the hard way—by avoiding it. Though she wrote her first book at age six (My Very Own Reading Book) and received accolades for her academic writing (Ruth Davies Award for Excellence in Writing for a paper on deforestation her senior year in college), she hated doing it. Colonial food and the habits of the European Starling just weren’t her thing.

She found her niche—romantic fiction—shortly after college graduation. After an internship with the National Geographic Society, customer service for a phone company just wasn’t that exciting. So she began learning how to write the books she’d loved to read all her life. Now she struggles to balance her frenetic writing life with her family, the most supportive husband in the world and two beautiful, intelligent, stubborn, independent daughters (the oldest of whom has become a writer). She somehow also fits in a day job and various volunteer positions in and out of the writing industry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2012

    Entertaining

    Under the Moon is an entertaining, if scattershot, urban fantasy romance. The characters are well-drawn, and I loved the interaction between Quinn, Sam and Nick. Still, the story drags in a few places, the action sequences are too spread out, and the ending a bit abrupt. A goodish way to spend a lazy afternoon.

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  • Posted February 4, 2012

    Urban Fantasy

    This is the first book I have read by this author, and I found it to be enjoyable. I will be reading the next book in this series.

    I haven't read to many books about Goddesses but the ones I have read have been pretty interesting. This one is a bit steamier than any of the other books I have encountered with Goddesses in them. Quinn is a Goddess and her powers always have her craving sex. Quinn, has a friend Sam that she would use to recharge her powers, now she has decided not to use him any more. She feels its not fair to lead him on in this way, as she is not in love with him, she is in love with Nick, her protector, though Nick will not get involved with her.

    Personal feelings are put to the side as the two men must protect Quinn from a leech, someone who is going around stealing Goddess powers. The council will not tell them anything as they think somehow Quinn is involved because of a family member, but Quinn doesn't even know of any family members. There is someone trying to tell everyone that Nick has gone Rogue, and nobody will give them any real answers.

    Quinn, was an interesting character, but she wasn't my favorite character. She was strong, but I just didn't like her that much. I guess its probably because I liked Sam and didn't like the way she had treated him as an object for sex when she needed it. She messed with his feelings even though she didn't mean too. Even though she was doing her best to not cave into her cravings because she realized she wasn't being fair, you could already tell it had took its toll on Sam.

    Nick has that sexy bad boy image going on with the motorcycle and protectorate attitude, so you can't help but like him a little. He would do about anything to protect Quinn, and hung around a lot more than he probably needed. He has other charges to take care of but something always pulled him Quinn's way.

    Normally I like the bad boy image guys but this time I fell for the nice guy. Sam was my favorite character, he was sweet and protective. He fell in love with Quinn even though he knew she didn't feel the same way about him. He put aside his disdain for Nick to help protect her from the leech that was out to get her powers. I do hope he gets a girl of his own in the next book in the series, as he deserves one.

    My only draw back with this book is I have never really been a fan of a sex driven storyline especially when I feel that sometimes it takes over the whole story. Over all I thought it was a interesting novel and I liked it enough to continue with the series. If you are a fan of Urban Fantasy then I would recommend you give it a try.

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  • Posted January 12, 2012

    UNDER THE MOON was a page turner

    I have to start out by saying that the cover of UNDER THE MOON does NOT in any way match the story. There is not one motorcycle/motorcycle rider in the whole book and I just don't get why they have someone on one on the cover. Makes no sense.

    UNDER THE MOON was a page turner with some nice twist and turns. Quinn was easy to like and the supporting characters brought a great cast to the story. Sam, Quinn's assistant is in love with Quinn and she keeps him at arms length because she is in love with Nick but Sam is still there for her throughout all the conflict and danger as a friend. Nick is Quinn's Protector. He has always loved her but refuses to have a relationship with her because he's her protector. The sexual tension between Quinn and Nick was high. They both want each other but Nick just wont give in for most of the book. When he finally does the scenes between them are HOT.

    The world building was full of great explanations and imaginative powers. I loved the whole Goddess storyline. I liked meeting the different goddesses and hearing about what they could do. The action was not lacking. There were plenty of scenes that had my heart beating and had me wondering how the trio would get out of a particular situation.The ending wraps everything up nicely and I'm looking forward to reading what comes next.

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  • Posted December 23, 2011

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    Quite An Awesome Read

    Quinn Caldwell has always enjoyed running the Under The Moon bar she'd inherited from her parents when they unexpectedly died several years ago. Yet hers is not the usual bar normal people would patron. You see, she's a goddess - one who's affinity is tied to the moon. The bar is a haven for goddesses and their protectorates whenever they're in the area.

    In addition to the bar, she runs a consulting business who's sole purpose is to help out women who find themselves in a bit of a bind and are in need of a helping hand. She's spent quite a bit of time establishing her business and asserting herself as the goddess she is, living openly amongst the human world. Yet never once did she imagine it would have consequences.

    When her protectorate, Nick Jarrett, shows up on her doorstep with no clear explanation and ahead of schedule, she tries to make sense of the situation. Her apprehension grows further still when he explains that there's someone siphoning goddesses of their powers and that she may be next.

    Banding together with her assistant, Sam, the three try to grasp the enormity of the situation while trying to keep themselves safe from harm. As they embark on a quest for answers, Quinn soon discovers she now has further familial ties that bind. Ties that have been kept from her from the very beginning as she realizes there's more to the Society than meets the eye.

    Battling the appeal she feels for Nick while trying to keep Sam at arms length, Quinn knows it's only a matter of time before she gives in to what she feels inside. She uses every ounce of her willpower to keep her impulses at bay while hating the fact that she can't give in to what she wants.

    As the trio dodges danger at every turn, they know it's only a matter of time before the sycophant finds exactly what he's looking for. Intent on thwarting his every step, they refuse to allow another goddess to be impaired in the process. Survival is the key in staying one step ahead in hopes of bringing down the man whose main goal is to eradicate each and every goddess he comes across.

    This book was an awesome read. I was hooked from the moment I started reading. The feelings running rampant between Nick, Sam, and Quinn was palpable with every turn of the page. There were quite a few twists and very unexpected turns that lent even more flame to the fire already burning between the trio.

    Natalie did a brilliant job in establishing each character and the world they live in. The lore behind goddesses walking amongst us and gods being practically extinct was quite interesting. Enjoyed it immensely. I'm looking forward to reading more of this series soon. Truly recommend it.

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  • Posted December 22, 2011

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    Great adventure!

    The plot was very interesting, when goddesses come to their powers at 21 they have a source of power be it flower water or rain or in Quinn's case the Moon. Suddenly two goddesses turn up drained of power, and her protector when the moon is new is coming to her weeks too early to protect her. Together they start to find out what happened to the goddesses even though her help is not wanted because of her family-ties, she knows they aren't talking about her adopted family so Quinn sets out to find out about her biological parents. But some things are better not known. I liked the intensity of the whole book, a lot happens and having the love triangle going on with Sam, Quinn and Nick is interesting to read.

    The characters are all flawed, but then again it makes them interesting. Quinn suffers for what she's put Sam through with energy charging ( read, having sex ) and Sam torn in his love for Quinn, Nick and Quinn try their hardest not to have any feelings for each other but 15 year courtship, danger and threat but them in the path where they can't ignore what's between them any longer. Interesting characters indeed!

    The only thing that bothered me a little while reading this was Quinn's "moon lust" ( read, energy charging ), I get it's how her relationship with Sam got so complicated, but it threw me off in the beginning of the book, but as the book moved forward and focus was shifted on the actual adventure things perked up considerably. I also very much enjoyed the little twist that there were only Goddesses left that all the Gods had taken themselves out of the questions!

    You'll like this if... you are into urban fantasy with a paranormal romance twist, if you love love-triangles, and like your romance low burning, building, until someone just has to give in!

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